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Utilizing Examples In Your Tutorial May 5, 2012

    A picture is worth a thousand words, as the old adage says. And what better application for this cliche than the tutorial session? Truly, using an example in your tutorial session may speak volumes more to your tutee than any amount of explanation. In the scenario of a tutorial, the cliche may be stretched a bit, because the picture you may use is text itself. Confused? Consider. (more…)


Training season at the UCWbL: a view from the other side October 10, 2011

Spiced cider…  The bursting colors of turning leaves…  The soft sounds of your “Fall” playlist on Spotify…  There are a number of reasons why we look forward to autumn, but at the UCWbL’s Writing Center, the most thrilling thing about the season is the training of our new tutors.



Ill it er ah see: A Look at a Fundamental Problem in U.S. Education October 5, 2011

Note: The writer apologizes for the cheesiness of this post; it could not be helped.

The United States has failed in educating much of its population. In 2003, the U.S. Department of Education conducted its most recent comprehensive look at literacy levels in the United States. Twenty-two percent of American adults occupied the range of “Below Basic” literacy, an 8% jump since their last study in 1992. Further, thirty-three percent were in the “Basic Literacy” category, which is not as literate as one would hope. Indeed, the study placed participants who could do (more…)